Assessment of alcohol consumption and alcoholism in the elderly

Cristina Geroldi, Renzo Rozzini, Giovanni B. Frisoni, Marco Trabucchi

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This study evaluates characteristics associated with alcohol consumption or alcohol-related problems in an elderly population, as detected by CAGE questionnaire and self-reported alcohol intake respectively. Data were obtained from a multidimensional study carried out in a community-dwelling population aged 70-75 (n = 1205, 389 males and 816 females) living in the city center of Brescia, in northern Italy. All information was gathered by self-report. Male gender, better mood, daily function, somatic health, not living alone, and being married were significantly associated with self-reported alcohol consumption. Male gender, poorer cognitive function, and income dissatisfaction were significantly associated with alcohol problems as detected by CAGE. Data suggest that self-report of alcohol intake, though intrinsically loaded with imperfect internal consistency, does not necessarily indicate risk of alcoholism; on the contrary, it can reveal the positive psychological attitude of the drinking habit. CAGE questionnaire, wich is sensitive to alcohol related problems, is associated with poor psychosocial conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-516
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • CAGE
  • Elderly
  • Self-reported alcohol consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Toxicology
  • Health(social science)


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